Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Kosovo in chaos / PM Kurti announces move to restrict movement, President Thaci calls for non-implementation


Kosovo's President, Hashim Thaci, will address the Constitutional Court to invalidate the extraordinary measures by Albin Kurti's government to restrict the movement of citizens under the coronavirus.

As Kosovo counts over 30 confirmed cases of Covid-19, the government has taken measures to ban the circulation of cars and citizens from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and from 8:00 pm to 6:00 pm. at 06:00 in the morning. But according to the president, that decision is null.

“The decision to restrict the freedom of movement of citizens represents a departure from the human rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution of Kosovo. Citizens' rights and freedoms can be restricted only by declaring a state of emergency. And only the Assembly of Kosovo can declare it, "he said.

Thaçi emphasized that "Neither the Kosovo Police nor the security authorities should enforce this unconstitutional decision of the government because they themselves will commit a criminal offense. The decision of the Government is without legal effect and is unenforceable throughout the territory of Kosovo. The same prime minister who stubbornly refused to declare a state of emergency is now making unconstitutional decisions. He is doing these actions not to protect the citizens but to protect himself. Tomorrow I will ask the Constitutional Court for the suspension and annulment of this decision, "Thaci said.

And in this conflict, at the height of the crisis, none of the citizens know whether or not to apply the curfew, as the government has declared them and the presidency calls them null.

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